How to Cut a Hoodie

Three Methods:Cutting a Hoodie to SizeCutting a Hoodie into a Crew NeckCutting a Hoodie into a Tank Top

Old and used hoodies are comfortable, but rarely fit perfectly. You can repurpose them into fashionable clothing with a pair of fabric scissors and a sewing machine. Cut your hoodie to a smaller size, define it with a crew neck collar or make a stylish tank top.

Method 1
Cutting a Hoodie to Size

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    Find a hoodie that is too large for you. This method can be used with men’s or women’s hoodies to make them fitted.
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    Zip up the hoodie, if it has a zip. Turn it inside out.
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    Try on the hoodie. Use a mirror to view how your hoodie fits or ask a friend to help you with this part of the process.
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    Pinch under the armpits. Insert a straight pin at the point where you would like your new armpit fabric to be. Don’t make it too tight, or you may not be able to lift your arms.
    • Do both armpits, before you move on to the rest of the body and arms. Measure the length of the fabric you pinched. Make it even, so that your hoodie is symmetrical.
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    Continue pinching down the right side of your body. Pin where you pinch every 2 inches (5 cm) until you reach the bottom waistband. Then, move on to the left side.
    • Measure how much material you have pinched and plan to remove. If there is a large discrepancy between right and left side, you will want to redo it and measure it evenly as you pinch.
    • Keep the straight pins pointing down so that you don’t hurt yourself.
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    Return to the right armpit and pinch the area underneath your arm until it is fitted. Pin it with straight pins every 2 inches (5 cm). Continue until you reach the wristband.
    • Repeat on the opposite side.
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    Decide if you want to take length off the body and the arms. If you do, cut the waistband and the wristbands off of the hoodie, just above the hem.
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    Stretch your arms up and to the sides. Decide how much you want to cut off the arms and body, taking into account that you will reattach a band. Mark the point at which you want to cut with a straight pin.
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    Take the hoodie off. Keep it inside out. Smooth it on a worktable.
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    Start cutting. You will need to make the following cuts:
    • Use a straight edge to mark and cut an even line along the bottom of your hoodie.
    • Use a straight edge to mark and cut even lines at the end of your arms.
    • Cut 1/4 inch outside of the pins. You will cut from the bottom of the hoodies, around the armpit.
    • Turn the fabric scissors around the armpit and cut outside of the pins at the bottom of the arms.
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    Thread your sewing machine with a color that matches the hoodie material.
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    Sew a close stitch outside the pins from the bottom, around the armpit and down to the wrist. Make sure you sew through both pieces of sweatshirt fabric. Repeat on the opposite side. [1]
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    Reattach your bands. Keep the bands right side out, on top of the sweatshirt that is inside out. You will flip the band down when you are done.
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    Wrap the waistband around the bottom of the sweatshirt. Make sure the rough edges of the sweatshirt and the waistband meet. Pin around the parameter 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) from the edge, giving you room to sew the band and flip it.
    • The waistband will be too big now, so start at 1 of the side seams and cut off any extra when it meets on the side.
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    Sew the outside of the band and the inside of the sweatshirt together. Make sure you only sew through 2 layers of fabric. Sew the waistband together with a short vertical stitch.
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    Repeat this with the wristbands on each arm. You will need to pin the old wristband to the bottom of the new armhole. Cut off any excess wristband material before you sew.
    • Keep the point where you hem the wristband together at the bottom of the arm.
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    Cut off any excess material outside the seam. Turn the hoodie right side out. Try it on.

Method 2
Cutting a Hoodie into a Crew Neck

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    Find an old hoodie. For this project, choose a hoodie that does not zip.
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    Lay the hoodie flat on your craft table. Smooth it out.
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    Cut the hood off of the sweatshirt, just above the hem. Start in the center and cut in a circular motion until you have removed the hood entirely.
    • If you want to hem the edge of the crew neck down, leave 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) of fabric above the hem while you cut.
    • If you want the edge of the crew neck to be rough and deconstructed, cut as close to the hem as you can.[2]
    • If you want an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, cut below the hood. Expand the cut approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) wider around the perimeter. You can always cut more, if you want it to slouch further off your shoulder.
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    Make a hem, if you want a cleaner look. Turn the sweatshirt inside out. Wrap the fabric above the collar hem down.
    • Pin it in place. Continue pinning until the entire collar is pinned.
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    Thread your sewing machine with fabric that matches your hoodie.
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    Sew a 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) hem around the perimeter of the collar. Remove the pins as you sew.
    • Ensure you keep the back and front of the sweatshirt separate, so that you don’t sew both sides of the crew neck together.
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    Turn the sweatshirt around. Try it on. If it is too baggy, you can use the first method to make it fitted.

Method 3
Cutting a Hoodie into a Tank Top

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    Find a used or cheap hoodie. For this method, you will want to use a hoodie that is already fitted and has a zipper. This method will create a women’s slung back tank top hoodie.
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    Lay the hoodie on your worktable with the front side facing up.
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    Measure an arc that starts 2 inches inside the arm hem at the top of the shoulder and extends 2 inches below the armpit. Use a fabric pen and a straight edge to make several guide marks.
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    Repeat on the opposite side.
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    Cut through both layers of hoodie fabric. You will excise both arms. You can discard them now, or save them for future projects.
    • If you want a hoodie vest, you can stop at this point.
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    Flip the sweatshirt over. Smooth it onto your table.
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    Mark the bottom of the cut you just made on either side of the back of your sweatshirt using a fabric pen. Make a straight cut across the back of the sweatshirt from 1 mark to the other mark.
    • This cut will create an open back look. It will sling low along the waistband.
    • Make sure you only cut through the back layer of fabric.
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    Make a cut below the hood. It will extend at the back of the arm cut you just made across the back and to the other side. Discard the back panel of the sweatshirt.
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    Try the hoodie vest on. Unzip it, place your arms through the back and zip it up. You can wear it to reveal your back or over another layer of clothing.[3]

Tips

  • To add flair to any hoodie, cut out knit material in any shape. Iron it on to fusible web. Then, iron it on to the back, arms or front of your hoodie. Use a template as a guide if you want to iron on intricate shapes. [4]

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric scissors
  • Old hoodies
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Mirror
  • Straight edge
  • Fabric pen
  • Work table

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